Kerio Valley, Insecurity
Jubilee KANU politics played out visibly in Kolowa during Pokot Marakwet peace meeting to bring together warring communities of Marakwet and Pokot last Wednesday after Jubilee leaders who were present pointed an accusing finger to independence party leaders who snubbed the convent.
Led by Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen who said leaders should shelve their political differences to stem out the escalating insecurity in the valley that has led to over 20 people dead since March this year.
“As you know I am the acting Senator of Baringo since your senator is not reachable. This has been hard for me to tell him (Gideon Moi) to come and rally our people together to end the feud amongst them . We cannot bring peace using a remote control,” said Murkomen.
He said Jubilee KANU politics should not take precedence to end insecurity in the region.
“We should see Baringo Senator and other KANU leaders joining us to find a lasting solution in Kerio not only me and other leaders who regularly stage peace meetings to restore peace ,” added Murkomen.
The rivalry between the two parties in scrambling for the Rift that has led to the war of words even on matters security with each blaming the other of not doing right to end the fights.
KANU leaders led by Westpokot senator Prof John Lonyangapuo condemned those who are claiming KANU is inciting locals against each other saying to show commitment that his party is on the fore front to bring a solution to the killings where they convened a meeting among the two communities in Lake Bogoria Spa Hotel.
“We are also playing our role as KANU to ensure peace is restored in the border so no one should see that we have taken the back seat in bringing together our people ,” said Lonyangapuo last month during a one day meeting with other KANU leaders in Spa hotel.
National Intergration and Cohesion Commission (NCIC) had convened the meeting with two governors; Alex Tolgos (Marakwet),Benjamin Cheboi (Baringo) ,Asman Kamama (Mp Tiaty) and Kangogo Bowen (MP Marakwet East ) attending the meeting.